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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 6, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                INSIDE TODAY SiPORTSs Tyrone unveils renovated football field Bi, BUSINESS: Charter seeks severance settlement A7 Keystone Country Festival takes center St9ge in Blair Atonna iJKrrnr Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2001 500 newsstand Driver cited for 1-99 fatal accident Maryland woman will not be charged for death of Bellwood man. BY WILLIAM KIBLER StaffWriter State police have cited a 19-year- old Maryland woman for reckless driving, speeding and other traffic counts in connection with a pin- wheeling crash Aug. 5 that killed a Bellwood man on Interstate 99 near 17th Street. Uvrcra R. Rwayilare of Potomac faces a maximum six-month sus- pension of her driver's license amJ a total of in fines for the crash, which caused the death of Barry Marks, 43, Bellwood, Trooper Richard Brozenich said. Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman discussed the possi- bility of charging Rwayitare with homicide by vehicle but decided Rwayitare didn't display the kind of deliberate "gross negligence" required in precedent cases to uphold that charge. Rwayitaj-e was southbound from State College in the left lane in the early evening and was passing cars when she pulled into the right lane behind Marks' pickup truck, which was going the speed limit, Brozenich said. Rwayitare was going taster, and to avoid hitting the back of his pickup, she swerved to go back into the left lane but did it too suddenly. Her vehicle went onto the median, then she overcorrected again and her vehicle came back across, hit- ting the front of Marks' pickup at an angle hard enough that the tail ends of their vehicles then smacked together, Brozenich said. The impact sent Rwayitare's vehicle back across the passing lane and across the-medial. Then it tumbled sideways across all the northbound lanes to the berm, where it landed upright. The impact sent Marks' pickup off to the right, vaulting the right guardrail, rolling end-over-end, then side-over-side and down the steep embankment not far from the back of the Lowe's of Altoona store. The crash uprooted braids from Rwayitare's head, which was close to the pavement as her vehicle rolled, Brozenich said. But she wasn't hurt badly and was able to get out of her car without help. Pier seat belt saved her life, Brozenich said. Please see A10 FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL SPEAKS Mirror pholo by Jason Sipes Janet Reno speaks to a full house of more than Wednesday at Eisenhower Auditorium at Perm State University. Reno announced Tuesday she will run Florida governor. PAGE AS- Reno speaks at Penn State BY ROBERT IGOE Staff Writer STATE COLLEGE Like most major political figures, Janet Reno's name invites a storm of praise and damnation. Those who supported Reno in her eight years as attorney general under President Clinton point to her handling of the Elian Gonzales affair, aliegations of major cam- paign finance misconduct, the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the Branch Davidian standoff. Those who opposed Reno, the first woman to serve as attorney general, point to her handling of Please see AS Panda's requests new life Controversial bar's owner eyes bankruptcy loophole to fight forced closing. BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer An attorney for the now-defunct Panda's Bar in downtown Altoona has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Western Pennsylvania to grant the bar new life. Hollidaysburg attorney David M. Axinn in a petition filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court charges that Blair County Judge Jolene G. Kopriva violated feder- al law by approving an agreement that closed Panda's Bar in May. The judge spent an entire day hearing com- plaints from Alloona city officials, including police Chief Janice Freehling, contending the bar was a public nuisance. Freehling reported that there were thr.ee shootings at the bar, and that police were called to quell distur-. Dances on more than 70 reorgantaT' occasions during a l because he's prevented hfs After testimony, the judge was presented with decreases an agreement approved by Blair County District Attorney Dave Gonnan, Assistant District Attor- ney Brandi Hauck, As- sistant Counsel Stanley J. Wolowski of the state Bureau of Liquor Control and the bar's owner, Franklin West Under the agreement, Panda's Bar closed, although an adjacent delicatessen could remain open. According to the agreement, West was per- mitted to sell the bar's liquor license, a license that according to a West supporter in May was worth several hundred thousand dollars. The license cannot be transferred to any establishment within a mile radius of Panda's Bar, 1211 llth St., and if West obtains another license, he cannot use it at an establishment within the mile radius. While the agreement ended the city and state challenge to Panda's continued operation, West and his attorney are trying to bring Panda's back to life. According to a recent petition filed with the bankruptcy court, the Blair County court order violates federal bankruptcy law, which alleged- ly should halt all proceedings against the bar. In the petition, Axinn states: West objected to the hearing in the Blair County court; Please see A10 THE PETITION West objected .to the hearing, in the Blair County court; order was in' violation of bankruptcy i court's stay further proceedings against She County court order is forcing West to sell liquor 11 cense- order doesn't allow i value.of Ms liquor i .license tje'causehe- -.can't transfer it within the downtown area. AT A GLANCE... Dialysis Clinic is a nonprofit organization opening a t facility Hastings next year forpatlents In need of dialysis operates clinics nationwide 1 runs 22 clinics In Pennsylvania r m provides all funding for nety clinics generates fundsforresearch Dialysis center opening in Hastings j- J. tare, for end-slags renal disease patients allows machines the work of lost or malfunctioning i kidneys until a transplant Americans receive dialysis at a cost of billion peryear BY AUDREY BROTHERS-KONIOR For the Mirror HASTINGS A new dialysis center for patients with kidney problems will be built on a tract of land adjacent to Miners Hospital. Dialysis Clinic Inc., a nonprofit organi- zation established in 1971 with headquar- ters in Tennessee, announced it likely will break ground next year for its facili- ty on a 1.5-acre tract of land in the Hastings Industrial Park. Five employees will be hired at the dialysis clinic and that number could increase to 10 or 15, said Keith Gotbard, DC1 corporate administrator, who is in charge of the Hastings project. "Our intention is to always employ local medical Gothard said, noting that DCI employees would not be asked to transfer to the Hastings facility. DCI officials said the Hastings project will begin after the completion of a simi- lar project under way in Punxsutawney, which is slated for completion by January 2002. "DCI is looking forward to coming to the area, andwestrivetobeboth good and professional Gothard said. DCI operates clinics throughout the country, including 22 in Pennsylvania. The company became interested in estab- lishing a clinic in Hastings after a recom- mendation from a local doctor who said there was a need for its services in this rural region. "We don't solicit new Gothard said. "We research areas that we're invited to." When invited to develop a dialysis affiliation, DCI provides all funding necessary to construct, furnish and operate the new facility. The dialysis clinics provide care for patients with end-stage renal disease. Patient care is assessed, planned, implemented and evaluated through comprehensive treatment procedures available at the clinics. Please see AID Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or Lottery numbers, A2 The Magazine... Wine Spectator Says: "fa One of the fast Restaurants in llif Korld for Wine l.oters" Edition Business Comics Obituaries Opinion A7 AS A9 A4 High_schoo1s B6 Scoreboard B5 Classifieds C3-1O Movie Menu Puzzles _____ D5 Planner D2 THATSRAC1H John Andretti: NASCAR should leave interpretations to driver. PAGE B3   

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